Before Madonna and long before Britney, Christina and Katy, there was Cher, doing it all as a singer, actress and fashion icon.
This from someone who felt, as a kid, that she had no talent.
Cher arrived on the pop-culture landscape as a prime-time darling of the hippie folk generation and managed to reinvent herself multiple times for eras of dance-pop. When one of those crazes ended — that being disco — she went big screen and became an accomplished actress.
Along the way, she won the trifecta — Oscar (“Moonstruck”), Grammy (“Believe”) and Emmy (“Cher: The Farewell Tour”) — making her one Tony away from the treasured EGOT.
Although Cher proved herself long ago as a capable vocalist, for decades, her concerts have been as much (or more) about the costumes and spectacle as they are about the music. Tonight, at Consol Energy Center, she returns on her first tour since signing off on the marathon Living Proof: The Farewell Tour (2002-05), which brought her to the Mellon Arena in July 2002 and the Petersen Events Center in October 2003.
In an interview last year with Billboard, she brushed off the post-Farewell Tour issue: “It never occurred to me that I would be doing it. Who thinks they’re going to tour after they think they’re done?”
The Dressed to Kill Tour — which shares the name of a previous tour by former flame Gene Simmons in Kiss (her boyfriends are a whole other story!) — follows last year’s “Closer to the Truth” album. It debuted at No. 3 (her highest charting record) and found her getting on board with house and EDM beats.
Live, the 67-year-old star remains committed to her earlier work. The setlist covers her range from folk-pop to modern club and her full gamut of hits, spanning the ’60s (“Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down),” “I Got You, Babe”), ’70s (“Gypsies, Tramps & Thieves,” “Half Breed”), ’80s (“If I Could Turn Back Time”) and ’90s (“Believe”).
So, what’s she wearing? Everything from a gown and headdress to a sheer black body suit.
The critical reaction is that she must be turning back time.
“If this really was goodbye, Cher went out with a bang,” the Dallas Morning News said of a show last week, adding that “it’s obvious her followers would welcome a third chance to dance her out the door.”
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